Cupping is a treatment therapy used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is effective in loosening up tight muscles as well as increasing circulation and has a mild detoxification effect. It also helps with menstrual, digestive, and emotional issues.


Suction is created with warmed glass cups placed on the skin. Normally, cupping is done on the back and the cups are moved up and down the back or placed on specific acupoints. Patients generally feel a slight pulling sensation and a feeling of muscle release.

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What is Moxibustion?

What is Cupping?

Dr Cindy Le

B.Sc., RMT, R.Ac., TCMD

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

What is Acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a form of medicine with over 2500 years of history.  It is completely different from Western Medicine as it uses acupuncture, herbs, massage and dietary therapy to treat illnesses.  It is a form of medicine that regards the individual as a whole, and works to restore the body’s natural balance to achieve optimum health – physically and mentally.  It is based on theories such as: The Principles of Yin-Yang, Taoism, and Confucianism.

Acupuncture isn't the only modality in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Herbal teas, tinctures and powders are used instead of pharmaceutical drugs to stimulate change.  The medicinal properties of the herbs are bio-available, meaning that the body can naturally break down and utilize their therapeutic properties rather than eliminating them. 

Acupuncture utilizes very fine needles inserted into specific points which stimulate the body’s healing mechanisms. Generally painless with few side effects, acupuncture has been used worldwide, for thousands of years, to achieve overall wellbeing. Acupuncture is one form of therapy used within a comprehensive system of healing in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also includes massage, dietary therapy, cupping, moxibustion and Chinese herbs.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized an extensive list of diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture.  This list includes: Headaches (migraines, tension), Insomnia, Fatigue, Low Energy, Low Back Pain, Digestive Disorders (constipation, diarrhea, IBS), Frozen Shoulder, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Muscle and joint pain/strain, Sciatica, Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow, Arthritis etc.

Moxabustion is a technique used to physically warm up the body.  Using mugwort, generally in an incense form, it is place on specific acupoints and slowly burned. 


No part of the burning mugwort is in direct contact with the skin.  You will experience a warming sensation in the immediate area.